Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Director of the Cranach Institute located at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., has been recognized as one of the five finalists for a 2004 Gold Medallion Book Award. Among many categories, his book “Loving God with All Your Mind” has been nominated in the category of Christianity and Society.
Loving God with All Your Mind discusses various contemporary issues such as evolution, relativism, and truth and morality from a Christian perspective, which would greatly help the faith of today’s Christians who are living in a secular society.
"It is a great honor to be a finalist," said Dr. Veith. "This recognition shows how a Lutheran Two Kingdoms approach can resonate with non-Lutherans when it comes to issues of education and the life of the mind."
The award will be presented at the 27th Annual Gold Medallion Book Award ceremony on June 26, in Atlanta, Ga.
Veith was awarded many times for his work. Earlier this year, he was honored with a 2004 Higher Goals Award from the Evangelical Press Association. His article "American Christmas," which he wrote for the Lutheran Witness, was awarded a second place honor for Best General Article. His book Postmodern Times received a Christianity Today Book Award as one of the top 25 religious books of 1994.
The Cranach Institute began its partnership with Concordia Theological Seminary in March of this year. Christians will have the opportunity to discuss such issues as vocation, art, and education from a biblical perspective at the events sponsored by the Cranach Institute, which would take place at CTS from 2004-2005.
Veith was born in Oklahoma in 1951. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1979. He has taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and was a Visiting Professor at Wheaton College in Illinois. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities in Tallinn, Estonia. He and his wife Jackquelyn have three children and live in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.